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Nurburgring FR3.5: Roberto Merhi storms to second victory

Formula Renault 3.5 will now take its summer break, returning to Hungary in September with Sainz Jr holding a commanding thirty-nine point lead.
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Roberto Merhi converted his pole position to a second career win, claiming twenty-five points for Zeta Corse.

The Moscow race victor remained untouched as drama unfolded behind him. An incident involving Oscar Tunjo, Oliver Rowland and Carlos Sainz Jr (who all qualified in the top four) saw them retire from the race, costing Sainz Jr his chance at claiming back-to-back victories.

This incident allowed the Lotus duo of Matthieu Vaxiviere and Marlon Stockinger to capitalise, claiming second and third for the Czech outfit. This is series rookie Vaxiviere's first podium of the season and his first weekend back after breaking his back in Monaco. Stockinger's third place is his first podium since that same event on the streets of Monte Carlo.

Following Rowland's incident, Sergey Sirotkin was the only classified Fortec in fourth. A mistake towards the end almost cost the Russian his placing but Zoel Amberg was unable to utilise his 350 seconds of DRS. The AV Formula driver settled for fifth.

Norman Nato was sixth for DAMS Racing, the only driver representing the defending champions to finish race two in the points. Will Stevens was a strong seventh for Strakka Racing whilst Pierre Gasly climbed from his twentieth place grid slot to eighth for an inconsistent Arden Motorsport. Jazeman Jaafar and Gasly's team William Buller completed the list of points finishers.

Both making their Formula Renault 3.5 débuts at the historic German circuit, Cameron Twynham was eleventh for returning team, Comtec Racing whilst Tech 1 Racing's Alfonso Celis Jr outpaced team mate Marco Sorensen to secure twelfth.

The second race at the Nurburgring saw seven retirements, a record for this season. Casualties included title contenders Sainz Jr and Rowland. Despite this Red Bull ace, Sainz Jr still holds a thirty-nine point lead over Merhi with three rounds of the championship remaining.

Formula Renault 3.5 will now take its summer break, returning to Hungary in September.

by Katie Grimmett



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Sergey Sirotkin - Fortec Motorsport [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Carlos Sainz Jr - DAMS [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Carlos Sainz Jr - DAMS [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Carlos Sainz Jr - DAMS [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Oliver Rowland - Fortec Motorsport [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Oliver Rowland - Fortec Motorsport [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]

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